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June 2016

Home Design + Decor

Lucas Family Home Update: Sheeting and more

June 30, 2016

I took a little hiatus from updating on the blog because…well, life. Something’s got to give. I need to be a better planner when it comes to this whole blog thing, but I’m not quite there yet. Bear with me, please.

We’ve had a lot of progress on the home front in the past two weeks since my last post on the framing. We have sheeting now. The plywood sheeting material stabilizes the house so it doesn’t collapse from the wind. That’s about my level of expertise on that subject.

With a custom house, you have to be flexible and willing to roll with changes that come your way. There have been some changes due to engineering vs. architectural plan differences. Therefore, we had to alter the roof line a tad.

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Then, the eaves, soffits and roof sheeting were completed. Soffits are the material forming a ceiling from the top of an exterior house wall to the outer edge of the roof, i.e., bridging the gap between a home’s siding and the roofline, otherwise known as the eaves. (thanks, Wikipedia.)

We are now ready for windows, doors, siding and shingles, which should come in the next week. It’s starting to look like a real house!

Behind the scenes, we’ve finalized plans for  light fixtures and electricity since that will be installed next. I may have bought a light fixture already because I came across a sale online for one I really liked. Online shopping is the best. 🙂 We also had to make a decision on a range and purchased that as well. We’re starting to acquire a lot of stuff. And, we really need to plan for our move out of our current house and purge. Details, details.

I’m aiming to make a schedule over the weekend to get a little organized when it comes to our current home because we’ve just been going a mile a minute and haven’t been purging and organizing as much as we should. Maybe if I tackle a little per week it won’t feel so overwhelming, right? Things are a little overwhelming right now, especially with a 23 month old speaking to you and saying things  but you have no idea what he means, then he gets frustrated because you don’t know what he’s saying.  But, the constant “mama, I wuv yooouu” makes up for it.

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Home Design + Decor

Second Story Framing

June 15, 2016

The second story framing is pretty much complete! We did a walk through with the builder last week, going through aspects that need to be corrected. i.e. missing a window here, this should be a pocket door not a regular door, etc. Missing a window might sound crazy, right? It’s actually not that big of a deal. The front door is actually incorrect since we are having a custom door made, but it will be fixed.

When you’re building a custom home mistakes will be made, and we understand that. You just have to be diligent in reviewing all the details and making note of that during check-in periods. I feel like I’m a broken record with this statement, but I can really start to visualize the scale of things now! I’m just a visual person, and it just feels so different to see on paper then to see it in-person. The house will be inspected this week for the hurricane clips that were put in to secure things and then we’ll start sheeting later this week, I believe. Or, that’s what I’m told by Ben at least. 🙂


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Stairs were just put in this week (as opposed the ladder which was making me a little nervous last week!)

Stairs were just put in this week (as opposed the ladder which was making me a little nervous last week!)

Back patio

doors leading to back yard






Family Gifts Holiday

For the Dads

June 11, 2016

We’re nearly a week away from Father’s Day so I’ve been searching online for the best gift Amazon Prime has to offer. I kid (sort of) but most of these gifts are available on Amazon or online retailers that will ship to you in time for you to give to your dad or husband. I am SO thankful for my hubby and appreciate all he does for us. So, in honor of him I’ve rounded up some gifts that are right up his alley.  Many of these he already has (it’s a little insane how many Yeti products are in our home),  but I know a few are on his wish list, too. My husband has a lot of outdoorsy hobbies and likes to make an old-fashioned almost daily. So, I give you the best gifts for  the dad who likes to hunt, shoot guns and keep his drinks cool all while practicing these hobbies.

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Beach getaway essentials

June 1, 2016

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I’m heading out on a much-needed vacation this week. It’ll be our first trip sans kiddo. Like I said, much needed. 😉

I find myself packing similar things when I’m headed to a tropical destination, so I’m sharing some of my beach essentials.

  1. White swim cover-up: I love the look of a white swim cover-up. I love white summer clothes in general. I gravitate toward cover-ups that have a boho-vibe, and white cover-ups  go with all swimwear.
  2. Turquoise jewelry: I wear a lot of turquoise jewelry once spring and summer hit.. Turquoise jewelry never really goes out of style and I’ve had some of these pieces for years. I have this bangle from this small shop called Jiggy and Wells that a former co-worker recommended to me, and I layer with other bracelets.
  3. Flip flops: I still go back to some of my stand-by flip flops year after year regardless of other sandals that are in style. I have a mix of both inexpensive beach flip flops and a little nicer ones that you can wear with a summer dresses or white jeans and tops. I’ll forever be a flip flop gal even though some fashion mags say flip flops are a flop!
  4. Swimwear that makes you feel comfortable. I think people often go with swimsuits based on trends versus what works for their  body type. I’m not curvy, so a string bikini looks better on me in my opinion. I think one piece swimsuits have come a long way, so I have found one or two I like.  But, I think finding one you feel comfortable in is essential.  Pulling and tugging the one you’re wearing and worrying if things shouldn’t be showing just isn’t worth it, especially if you should be lounging.
  5. Classic sunglasses: Every pair of sunglasses I own is a prescription pair. I had Lasik 10 years ago and don’t need glasses anymore, but have a very slight prescription that I just use to get sunglasses since I have to still get eye check-ups. I prefer classic sunglasses like Ray-ban aviators and always get them polarized.
  6. Beach bag: My best friend got married a month ago and gave us cute, striped monogrammed beach bags with a fun rope handle, similar to the one seen in this post here. I’ll be sporting that one during my beach trip. I always have my beach bag double as my plane carry on.

Looking back on a few of my beach escapes, I always pack these items. Do you have any beach essentials you can’t live without?

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